Firstly, that's a pretty nice cover by Ethan Van Sciver, with Hal and Alan Scott, both looking fairly ticked off. I've never been able to really figure out how it is that Alan's costume works, frankly the color combinations should be horrible...and yet somehow he manages to pull it off.
Beginning things off with a brief recap, Cowgirl's still on the run, Hal's looking for her, the terrorists have been massacred by the Global Guardians who have
blamed Hal, the Rocket Reds are after him for various violations, and all the bounty hunters are after his blood.
Good thing that he has friends. Yes, it IS the Justic League, all together and working well as a team...which is certainly something that their OWN book hasn't shown yet. Nice little personal touches too, with Superman being serious, and Wonder Woman being impish, and Bats efficient as usual. Everyone manages to contribute something which is always a bonus, and after the mop-up, Hal is set to take off after Cowgirl when...
Whoa! Alan stops him in his tracks. Beautiful page too, with a splendid butt
shot of Hal. I just love it when Alan gets crabby, he's such a wonderful character.
He's probably the ONLY person that CAN stop Hal and get away with it...without a lot
of gratuitous violence anyway. And of course, Alan is absolutely right, Hal does owe his friends an explanation, they have risked quite a lot in coming to his aide.
Meanwhile, Amon Sur, who seems to have serious "Daddy" issues has taken over the
airbase and is causing quite a stir. He's after Abin Sur's ship, which certainly makes sense.
Back to the snowy forests, and Cowgirl is still running for her life, and falls
through the ice after being shot by one of the remaining terrorists. Unfortunately for him, Hal shows up and makes him...regret it. Hal rescues the girl, which is one of those things that he's REALLY good at. He's even apologizing to her, and not being a complete idiot, she's managed to realize who he really is. For once Hal keeps his head, and doesn't say anything stupid...remarkable really. They are seconds away from the obligatory lip lock, when one seriously dead terrorist lands in Hal's lap, and a whole passel of bounty hunters shows up.
Naturally Hal is a wee bit irritated. There are just SOME things that shouldn't
be interrupted, and snogging the heroine is one of them. Hal mops up the Dominators rather easily but is ambushed AGAIN by none other than Hunger Dog, who is looking properly intimidating, and takes Hal out with a nicely delivered kick to the chops. Hunger Dog then has a little chat with his employer about the proper disposal of Cowgirl...and it doesn't look too good.
Cut from the cold blue tones of the snow and forest to the warm and orange/yellow colors of the desert. Hal is out cold, but wakes up, wearing his old
flight suit, and the ring on his finger. Standing over him is Amon Sur...who is seriously cheesed off. He's got his father's ship, and now he wants his ring and
Events definitely moved along in this issue, and I'm assuming that stuff seriously hits the fan in #17. The characterizations of the Justice League were fun, the art was beautiful, the coloring was sublime as usual, and it had Alan. What's not to like?